DeLuca opposes auditor general’s plan to close school audit bureau

PITTSBURGH, March 25 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced his opposition today to the state auditor general’s plan to close the school audit bureau within his department next month.

“The auditor general’s school audit bureau brought light to a lack of oversight that allowed the Penn Hills School District to plunge into $167 million in debt,” DeLuca said. “Without this bureau and the oversight it provides, Penn Hills School District and other school districts across the commonwealth could plummet into hundreds of millions of dollars of more debt with little to no accountability.”

Under Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor’s plan, the state Department of Education would take over auditing Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts and nearly 180 charter schools and cyber schools.

“The responsibility for school audits was transferred from the state Department of Education to the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General 30 years ago,” DeLuca said. “I have real concerns over whether the state Department of Education has the capacity to audit all of our school districts, charter schools and cyber schools, especially after being given a short window of time with it already being the end of March and the school audit bureau closing in April. I strongly urge the auditor general to reconsider his plan so that our schools continue to have some oversight.”

The Pennsylvania State Education Association, which represents more than 178,000 members across the state, has also called on the auditor general to reconsider the decision to dissolve the school audit bureau.